Dad knows best - Broad
Stuart Broad is grateful for the last-minute wisdom, and goodwill, he received en route to Sri Lanka for England’s defence of their World Twenty20 title.
The England captain’s late briefing could hardly have come from a more trusted source after he met his father, Chris, at modern cricket’s great halfway-house in Dubai.
He reflected on the advice given by his father when their paths crossed as they waited for planes going in opposite directions, Chris returning from duty as an International Cricket Council match referee and Stuart fine-tuning his plans to beat the world again.
Broad had already made a quaint reference to their catch-up on Twitter, observing: “Some father-sons nip down the local pub for a pint to keep up relations. I see mine in Dubai airport! He’s going home, I’m going on ...”
It was not an entirely co-incidental meeting, the England captain explaining they realised they would be in each other’s vicinity a day earlier.
Broad senior’s input, it seems, merely confirmed what his son was already thinking about how to win ‘sprint’ matches.
“He just said ‘relax and enjoy it, and you’ve got to react to what happens in Twenty20 cricket’,” Broad said. “It’s one of those formats of the game you can’t plan too much for because anything can happen.
“You have to think on your feet, and you’ve just got to go with your gut.”
Broad will be happy to operate on instinct.
“If you feel a particular bowler will get you a wicket, just go for it,” he said. “I think that’s where successful captains have been good in Twenty20 cricket, because they just back their own judgment, their gut feeling, and give it a go.”
He will be prepared to learn from others too, even if he is their senior.
“Experience is a strange thing in Twenty20 cricket; if you’ve played Test cricket for the past few years, you don’t actually get to play a lot of Twenty20 cricket,” said Broad.
“So the likes of Jos Buttler have played a lot more Twenty20 cricket than Graeme Swann and myself. We have got a really good blend of guys who can win games, and I think that’s what you need.
“We saw that from Jos the other night, hitting 32 off 10 balls to change the momentum of the game. That’s what you pick your guys to do in Twenty20 cricket, and we have a really good collection of guys who can do that.”